The Oscar Bartholomew Coroner’s Inquest continued last week Friday at the St. David’s Magistrate Court with Attorneys Dr. Francis Alexis, QC and Nigel Stewart making lengthy statements on behalf of their clients.
The two lawyers sought to convince the 6-member jury, that their clients, Rural Constable Wendell Sylvester and retired Police Constable Edward Gibson have no case to answer in relation to the December 2012 death of 49-year-old Oscar Bartholomew.
The jurors were also addressed by Director of Public Prosecution, Christopher Nelson QC, who rose to assist the Coroner in terms of what findings should be found based on the evidence presented to the court.
The inquest is expected to determine by what means Bartholomew was killed and whether it was a case of murder or manslaughter.
After close to three hours of deliberations, the presiding Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis, took a decision to adjourn the matter to this Friday, when the court is expected to hear arguments from two other defense lawyers – Anselm Clouden and Peter David.
The two are the legal representatives for the other three police constables implicated in the death of Bartholomew – Rudy Felix, Kenton Hazzard and Shaun Garness.
At the time of his death, Bartholomew, who was born in Grenada but became a naturalised Canadian citizen was vacationing on the island with his wife.
He reportedly died in hospital after receiving a fatal beating inside the St David’s Police Station.
According to the autopsy, Bartholomew sustained more than 40 injuries, including multiple skull fractures and choked on his vomit after receiving blunt force trauma to the skull.
The report also spoke of blunt force trauma to Bartholomew’s chest and hemorrhaging in both lungs, especially on his right side.